Saturday, August 15, 2015

Horus Heresy Review: Auxilia Ogryn Charonite Squad

Yay - Ogryns! But these are not the standard Ogryns we've come to know in Warhammer 40,000. Instead, they've been brutalised, chemically altered, undergone mind-surgery, augmented, and made partially cybernetic with nasty looking claws attached to them.

They're used by worlds cut off from the wider Imperium, as they were originally created in the Old Night. Proscribed by the mechanicum, the technology still existed, and the Charonites were recreated as a match for the traitor Astartes.

The Ogryns are excellent in close combat to say the least. With 4 attacks on the charge at S=6 and AP3, they're probably going to chew through space marine squads readily. And that's the point. But more than that, with a roll to hit of a 6, they get AP2 and instant death. Hence, there's every reason to throw large mobs of them against character models and their command companies. And at a modest points cost with three wounds each, they're a good price to pay for it as well.

On top of this, hammer of wrath and feel no pain will help them along the way.

These guys are Ld=6. That's really pathetic for Warhammer 40k, 30k or any other k. As a result, they have a dead man's switch inserted in to them. If they fail a morale check, this switch can be voluntarily activated and they lose a random number of wounds to ignore the test result.

Further, they're not scoring and cannot go to ground. This is a fair price to pay for the positive aspects.

Take them in a modest size mob - nine is the maximum size, but somewhere around 5 or 6 is probably the sweet spot in terms of sheer number of AP3 or AP2 attacks (with hammer of wrath) on the charge. Just watch out for Fury of the Legion at short range in case they don't make it in to melee with traitor Astartes and they should do their job just fine.

With Very Bulky, they're tough to transport in to the right position, so foot slogging is the tough part of getting their job done. Careful positioning is going to be required to get them where they need to be.

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